Urgent – 2016 Legislative Alert!!

CCA needs your help ASAP!! Our Executive Board, Governing Council and lobbyists have been working diligently to advocate for the counseling profession in our state.

 

It is our intent to raise a bill in this upcoming legislative session proposing several points that we believe will strengthen and update our licensure requirements and standardize coursework and degree requirements. It is also suggested that we propose a two-tiered licensure structure, which would allow pre-LPC counselors to acquire a license to practice. This will significantly improve the recognition, status and marketability of counselors in the state for all counselors.

If these proposals are accepted by the General Assembly, we hope that these changes will:

  • Ensure that quality services continue to be offered by professional counselors in Connecticut, by more clearly stating course and degree requirements
  • Keep the counseling profession competitive in the mental health field by offering a two-tiered licensure

 

What Can YOU Do?

  • Take a look at the Members’ Quick Reference Guide so that you have a good understanding of what CCA is proposing and why.
  • Print out the Proposed Legislation flyer to have handy when speaking with your legislator and provide them with a copy.
  • If you live or work in any of the towns listed below, you may be a constituent of one of the legislators who serve on the Public Health Committee. This is the important committee from which we are seeking support.
  • If you do not live or work in any of the specified areas, we ask that you still contact your legislators and ask them to contact the Chairs, Ranking Members or Members of the Public Health Committee to express their support.
  • Remember that a personal email with a follow-up phone call to the legislator’s office is more effective than you may think!
  • After you have made contact with a particular legislator, let us know. We will have our lobbyists follow up.

***** It is critical that contact is made with legislators NOW, but especially before the end of this month.

 

Tips for Composing an Email or Letter:

  • Use our standard subject line to gain attention: “Strengthen Professional Counseling in CT”
  • Introduce yourself – where you live and work; what kind of work you do; student, new professional or seasoned practitioner
  • Explain why this legislative proposal is important to you, your colleagues and the integrity of the greater counseling profession
  • Ask about office hours and offer to meet the legislator to discuss this further

SAMPLE EMAIL TO YOUR LEGISLATOR
 

OUR NEXT STEPS: Stay on alert for the Public Hearing – We will still need your help!

Within the next 1-2 months, CCA will be notified if our proposal is scheduled for a Public Hearing at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. We are looking for members to attend the hearing to simply show their support in numbers, as well as to offer public testimony related to strengthening our profession through our proposed modifications/improvements/clarifications of the current statute.

If assigned a hearing, we anticipate a hearing date near the end of February and beginning of March. Anyone interested in attending or presenting at the public hearing is encouraged to speak with our President Elect and Legislative Chair, Louisa Foss Kelly, in advance (fossl1@southernct.edu). She has knowledge of the process and has lobbied previously on both state and national levels. She can support you as you learn about and participate in this vital work, and she can connect you with our lobbyists as the hearing approaches.

More information will be shared via email alerts. We hope that you will join us when our proposal reaches the public hearing stage. It is critical that we demonstrate, via our attendance at the hearing, that this legislation will positively impact many counselors in Connecticut and support the good work that we do.

 

If you live or work in these towns, you should contact the representative in this area who is serving on the Public Health Committee.  You can find the list of legislators on the PHC by visiting their website and clicking on “Committee Membership.”  https://www.cga.ct.gov/ph/

 

For More Information:

Louisa Foss Kelly – CCA President Elect, Public Policy & Legislative Committee Chair

fossl1@southernct.edu

 
Towns represented by members of the PHC:

Ansonia
Beacon Falls
Berlin
Bethany
Bethlehem
Branford
Bridgeport
Bridgewater
Cheshire
East Hartford
Enfield
Farmington
Guilford
Hamden
Hartford
Killingworth
Madison
Manchester
Monroe
Naugatuck
New Britain
North Branford
Norwalk
Norwich
Oxford
Prospect
Seymour
Shelton
Southbury
Southington
Torrington
Wallingford
Washington
Waterbury
Watertown
Windsor
Woodbury